SSD Upgrade

I think Newegg has been watching my browsing history since I got a promo email yesterday with $60 off a Samsung 830. I’ve been eyeing the 830 since it came out but couldn’t come to grips with the cost. Sure its fast but how much faster than the SSD below it? It turns out that its about twice as fast as the alternative, Crucial’s “M4”. For about twice the speed you have to pay $60 more or about half the price of the drive.Another reason to choose Samsung is reliably. One of my friends OCZ Vertex died for no reason. OCZ was great about getting a new one out but they never told him the reason why.

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I purchased my current WD 500GB VelociRaptors back in 2008 right on the cusp of SSD going mainstream. When the OCZ Vertex 2 came out I picked one up for $1 a gig and never migrated over to it since the space was so limiting. Now I only use it for testing and as a scratch drive for video editing.

My hope is that the 840’s stay above the $200 mark for the next year, two years might be stretching it, and the M4 doesn’t go to far down in price.

Here are some quick specs between the 830 and 840. You can see that the 840 is faster than the 830 but coming from spinning hard drive any SSD is an upgrade.

  830 840
Sequential Read 520MB/s 540MB/s
Sequential Write 400Mb/s 450MB/s
Random Read 80K IOS 100K IOS
Random Write 36K IOS 78K IOS
Active Power Use .24W .068W

Lab Goals

When I get my parts back my plan is to set up my lab like the diagram below. The important technology and services that I’m going to be testing are:

  1. Hyper-V Live Migration
  2. Hyper-V Failover Clustering
  3. Exchange Clustering for High Availability (DAG and CAS) and Site Resilience
  4. Multisite Redundancy for Hyper-V and SharePoint
  5. iSCSI Boot
  6. Data Protection Manager BMR
  7. Terminal Server Remote App

It’s a big list, wish me luck :).

Home Lab Update

So I went with the Supermicro X9SCM-F-0. The only difference is that this it has SATA 3, or SATA 6GB/s, ports. It was about $30 more and worth it since I have the Crucial M4 SATA 3 SSD’s. Read – Fast with a hard drive that can support it :).

I’ll write up a new post about the parts and my planned setup next week but just a quick update. The first 8Gb ram DIMM’s I got didn’t work so I ordered the ones that Supermicro said that they supported. I plugged the new ones in and went to turn it on and the the computer didn’t POST.

After emailing Supermicro for about a day they finally had me call them. When I was on the phone the rep had me take the motherboard out of the case and see if it go the same POST codes. I don’t know if moving it out of the case would change anything but I took the motherboard out and sure enough the same POST error beeps sounded when I turned it on. When I finished reading the serial number to him he said “Ah, that’s why. The BIOS needs to be updated to support Ivy Bridge”.  He said that the motherboard was made one month before the new BIOS was released. Just my luck.

The good news is that I can ship it out to them to update the BIOS so it supports the processor. The bad news is that I have to ship them both out to have the BIOS support the processor. I hope that Supermicro can send me a shipping label since NewEgg said that it supported the new processors. If not I’ll might RMA them to NewEgg and hope for the best.

Here are some quick pictures of the parts and my test setup.

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